Machhapuchre Model trekking

Trip Highlights

  • One of the new trekking routes in Annapurna region.    
  • Short trekking with lot of experiences
  • Varied Topography and culture.  
  • Warm and friendly Gurung, Tamang, Thakali and Magars communities on the way.
  • Around the 10th highest mountain in the world.
Machhapuchre Model trekking
Photo Mouthwatering view of Sunset at Machhapuchre
Trip Duration: 12 days(s) / Trek Duration: 7 days(s)
Max Altitude: 4500m (Mardi base camp)
Trip Grade: 3
Lodging: Tea-House or Lodge
Transportation: Private vehicle & flight
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any
Best Season: Oct - Dec, Feb - Apr

Trip Overview

Machhapuchare Model Trek in the Annapurna region has come forward as one of the best options for trekkers who want to avoid the growing number of motorable roads being constructed. Machhapuchare Model trek trail is a new trail and like the virgin Mount Fishtail it is a virgin trail.  The view is great and the villages on the way are unique and diverse as you walk ahead. This trek around the Mount Machhapuchare takes you to some of the most beautiful terrain and places with nice Mountain View.
This new trail in Nepal doesn’t have a all the infrastructures for trekking so camping or Home stay is the mode of accommodation during the trek. This is a fairly moderate trekking with occasional steep climbing so any active person can do this short trekking in Nepal.

Outline

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and half day free for final preparation of the trek.
Day 03: 
Drive to Pokhara 950m 5-6 hours journey 220 k.m.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Milanchok and trek to Ghachok (1,254m).
Day 05: Trek to Dhiprang (1,440m).
Day 06: Trek to Chichemle Kharka (2,645m).
Day 07: Trek to Lalka (2,250m).
Day 08: Trek to Ribhan (1,430m).
Day 09: Trek to Lhachok (1,160m).
Day 10: Trek to Milanchok and drive to Pokhara.
Day 11: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 12: Transfer to Airport for International departure.

Service includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfers as per the Itinerary.
  • Standard Accommodation in the cities and tea houses in the trek.
  • Full day guided tour of Kathmandu.
  •  3 meals a day during the trek.
  • Guide, porters and other support staff as per your requirement and out agreed price.
  • ACAP fees.
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Necessary equipments during the trek.
  • All taxes and fees required for the program.

Service does not include

  • Meals in the cities.
  • Personal expenses (Laundry, bar bills, water etc)
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking gears not mentioned in the contract.
  • Tips for staffs.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Representative of Adventure Mission Nepal will receive you in the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be in possession of your name plate or the companies name as per your correspondence with us. You will be transfer to the hotel and the trek guide will meet you in the evening for a dinner. During the meal you can discuss your queries (if any). He/she will brief you about some cultural issues and some necessary things to keep in consideration during the trek.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and half day free for final preparation of the trek.
Early in the morning the staff from AMN will meet you to collect your passport copy and photographs (if not sent via email) for the preparation of Trekking permit and TIMS card. After breakfast you will be taken for a half day sightseeing of the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath temple, also refer as the Monkey temple. Both are UNESCO world heritage sites. In the afternoon you can have some free time with the guide around Thamel to do some last minute shopping of things you might need for the trek.

Day 03:  Drive to Pokhara 950m 5-6 hours journey 220 k.m.
After breakfast the trekking guide will meet you in the Hotel lobby. As per your contract with us we will arrange for a private drive or a schedule bus drive to Pokhara. It usually takes 6 hours for the drive. It is a scenic drive along the Prithvi Highway ( you might not call it a highway but as per Nepalese standards it is a high way even though it is not very wide, the work on expansion of the road is going on!). In the evening take a walk around the Phewa Lake, you might try boating and a short hike to the world peace pagoda if you want to stretch your legs before the trek.

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Milanchok and trek to Ghachok (1,254m).
We will start the trek today and the first thing we will do is drive to Milanchok which is 30 minutes drive from Pokhara. The we gradually go up through a thin forest and few settlements for another 4 and half hours before ending the day at the village of Ghachok.  Ghachok is getting famous for its vulture Restaurent where vultures in the wild are fed with healthy carcass as a conservation effort.

Day 05: Trek to Dhiprang (1,440m).
After breakfast we start the 5 hours walk to the village of Dhiprang. The walk is fairly easy as we have few ups and down and rest of the trail is Nepali flat. The walk is pleasant as you can see the high mountains of the Annapurna range, especially Annapurna south throughout the trail. We will have a lunch break after 3 hours of walk and then another couple of hours of walk before ending the day’s trek in this Machhapuchre model trek.

Day 06: Trek to Chichemle Kharka (2,645m).
After a warm breakfast at Dhiprang we head east towards Chimchime.We. The walk goes through the rhododendron forest most of the times and we will walk for about 4 hours before we reach the camp for overnight stay. We stay overnight at camp.

Day 07: Trek to Lalka (2,250m).
We have 7 hours of walk today through the thin forest and small settlements to Lalka. The view on the way is awe aspiring as you keep walking with the Fishtail in the back ground.

Day 08: Trek to Ribhan (1,430m).
After breakfast we will start the day’s walk towards Ribhan. The walk is fairly easy and goes through some terraced farms and old settlements. By the mid afternoon we will reach the camp at Ribhan after walking for 5 hours. We will have lunch here and spend the rest of the time exploring the Gurung village.

Day 09: Trek to Lhachok (1,160m).
Today our destination is Lhachok, a small Gurung settlement situated at 1160m. We will walk for 3 hours before having the lunch break at a small settlement of Gurungs called Deurali. Further walking for a couple of hours we will reach Lhachok, which offers Home Stay facility.

Day 10: Trek to Milanchok and drive to Pokhara.
This is the last day walk of the Machhapuchre model trek. We have a couple of hours of downhill walk to Milanchok, where we will end the trek and then the vehicle from AMN will pick us up to take us to the hotel at lake side Pokhara. Evening free time for relaxation.

Day 11: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
As per our program we will transfer you to Kathmandu by flight (30 min) or by drive (6 hours)

Day 12: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
The trek has come to an end and we hope you enjoyed it. You can extend your trip to some destinations within Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan. Transfer to the airport on time. See you again in Nepal!

Trip FAQs

How fit do I have to be?
The around Machhapuchre trek or the Machhapuchre model trek  is a easy trekking. Some part of the trek is difficult with steep inclines. Even though you don’t need any special skills for the trek we recommend you to do this if you are active in your daily life. You should be in proper health conditions so a check up with your doctor is advised before starting the trek. We advise you to do some light exercise for some time before undertaking this trip. You should be fit enough to walk 4-7 hours a day. But there will be plenty of rest and we can customize the trip as per your speed and requirement so that you can enjoy it much more.

How are the hotels in the cities and during the trek in Nepal?
In the cities especially in Pokhara and Kathmandu there are hotels of all kinds ranging from Back packer’s accommodation with basic facilities to luxury five star accommodations. You can choose from the various types available. Even the budget hotels have Wi-Fi, neat and clean rooms and attached bathrooms. The hotels that are star categorized have special amenities but the standard of hotels in western world can’t be compared with Nepalese standards. We would say a 5 star in Nepal would have the same kind of services like a 3 star or a 4 star hotel in North America/Europe.
The accommodations during the trek are basic and may not have attached bathrooms most of the time. You must share the toilets and bathrooms with fellow trekkers. Even though hot showers are not available you can get buckets of hot water for 1-2 USD depending upon how high you are in the mountains. The tea houses have restaurants with limited options but the foods they prepare are really delicious. The tea houses are often managed by individual families and are very welcoming and friendly. They are neat and clean and not bad for a single night. 

Is enough drinking water available? How many liters of water shall we carry in our day pack?
We advise our guests to bring water bottles with them so that they can refill the bottles at the tea house rather than buying everyday as water prices go proportionately higher with the altitude in the Himalayan region. Carrying purification tablets is also recommended. We advise you to drink atleast 4-5 liters of water every day during the trek to avoid dehydration. Trekking in Nepal is fun but only if you are careful about your health.

 Where can I keep my extra luggage during trekking in Nepal?
While you are in the trek you can store the extra luggage at our office or at the hotel without paying anything extra either in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Do I need to take walking sticks?
It depends on you but it is advised to carry them as they help you to balance in the small trails while walking in the mountains. They observe the pressure on your legs (quad muscles) while going up and down. Since they are not heavy you can easily tie them in your day pack and walk while you don’t use them.

Can I buy/rent any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
Kathmandu, especially Thamel has lots of places to buy and rent equipments for trekking.  If you want to buy things at home it might be expensive compared to home. The things you buy or rent here will be cheaper but the quality is not the same. Things such as trekking shoes, jackets etc you can buy from home but petty things such as sun glasses, walking sticks, sleeping bags can be bought here.

Is there electricity to charge iPod, batteries, cameras etc… while on the mountain?
Yes you can charge the electronic stuffs at the tea houses during the trek but some tea houses charge you for that. The cost would be around 1 USD for a single device. You can charge them in your rooms in the cities.

Can we take showers during the trek?
It depends a lot I where you are. Usually below 3000m there are common bathrooms in the tea houses where you can take a shower and after you go high you might not want to shower often because of the cold weather. Some tea houses charge you for the hot water they provide in the buckets for Shower.

How much money per day do you think I will need? What currency should I take?
Local currency in Nepal is rupees. We recommend you bring US dollars with you to Nepal and exchange them here as this is easily done and is a widely accepted currency. Although you may get a lesser rate on traveler’s cheques, we suggest you carry a mixture of both depending on your needs. The amount of money you will need on a daily basis depends on your spending habits. A guide would be $10 per day for extra drinks and bar bill during your trek and $20 per day to cover lunch/dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

What do I have to carry with me on trek?
Try not to make the day pack very heavy but don’t miss essential things such as personal items, water, camera, snacks, sunscreen, hat, a fleece jacket and gloves for higher altitudes. You will have a porter helping you will most of the things besides the day pack when you are trekking in Nepal. The porters carry maximum 15 Kgs (can be little more or less depending upon the nature of trekking).

What if I get sick while on trek?
It depends on the seriousness of the health issue. If you have problem with altitude or cramp or something small we will take time and provide basic first aid in the place in case of emergency we will arrange for a helicopter or a horse to bring you to the nearest possible hospital.

Do I need to buy compulsory travel insurance for trekking in Nepal? Where do I buy?
Insurance is a must while going for a trek in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. You can get an insurance that covers health issue, rescue and evacuation and cancellations due to bad weather. We advise you to buy insurance at your home country before coming for trekking in Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan as buying insurance here will be twice as expensive.

Is there any compulsory tipping for Guide/Porters/Drivers etc?
Tipping is completely your personal choice. In Nepal there is no any hard and fast rule for tipping but usually the staff working in tourism gets tips from the guest. You can consult with us regarding the tipping. If you are happy with the services you are most welcome for the tipping.

Are there any communication facilities during this trip?
Most of Nepal is nowadays well connected with cell phone networks. There are cyber café or Wi-Fi in all cities and during the trek even the tea houses have internet services below 3000m but places like Manang, Jomsom, Muktinath etc are exceptions with internet facilities.

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